I am not a gardener. Plants look at me and die which is odd given my mom is a natural green thumb. When I lived in Hawaii I desperately wanted plants around my house and finally went to Lowe’s seeking help. I explained my brown thumb syndrome to an associate there and she handed me a plant. “If you can kill this one you should just quit,” she challenged jokingly. A week later it was dead. I haven’t had a plant since. Continue reading “From Gardening to God”
Blueberries are on sale at our local grocery store so I decided it was the perfect time to try a blueberry muffin recipe my friend Stacy gave me. The original version, which can also be found at AllRecipes.com, called for milk and butter. Of course that doesn’t work for Luke so I substituted almond milk and coconut oil. Even with those changes, they are quite delicious. I made the mistake of using brown sugar in the topping versus white which caused them to flatten a little. I also didn’t use cupcake liners which was a mistake. By the time I got them out of the cupcake pan it’s more of a crumble than a muffin. So steer clear of those errors and your muffins might actually look as good as they taste. Continue reading “Dairy-free Blueberry Muffins”
A girlfriend was in town visiting last week and I was on a mission to find things to do with a baby in tow. We both love waterfalls but I didn’t feel like doing the two and a half hour drive to Shoshone Falls, especially since I was just there a month or so ago. A quick Google search led me to Jump Creek Falls located in Owyhee County, about an hour drive west of Boise. The falls themselves are small but beautiful and the water appeared to be safe for wading and water play.
The other day I was at my wit’s end with Olivia and her napping (or rather, lack thereof) and I looked at Luke in desperation. “How do they do it?” I cried. “How do all these moms make it look so easy?” He laughed, of course, and reminded me people probably say that about us. (How do they do it? Their daughter is 5 months old and they travel with her!) Continue reading “The Comparison Game”
I visited a friend yesterday and was sent home with two grocery bags full of fresh picked cherries from her mother’s tree. Even after setting some aside to share with friends & family, there was no way Luke and I would be able to eat them all before they went bad. I decided a cherry pie was in order. Continue reading “Life Hack: How to Pit a Cherry”
I had every intent on blogging throughout our recent trip to Washington D.C. and the Fredericksburg area but I couldn’t quite bring myself to spend even a moment behind a computer when there were so many people to visit with. Thus, I am snagging a page from my husband’s playbook and posting seven fun moments from our seven trip.
Outside of the family I was born into, some of the most important relationships I have in my life were formed in Hawaii. While I tend to cringe at the word “tribe,” if I were to use it, it would be in reference to this group of people. We were all part of a ministry called Home Port Hospitality House, a facet of Cadence International. We shared meals, laughter, and tears. We challenged one another to be more like Christ, watched families grow, and lived life together. However, over the years we also shared a lot of goodbyes as people PCSed (moved) to different bases. And now, I have friends in England, Singapore, Guam, and all throughout the United States. While we keep in touch quite often via technology – Facebook, FaceTime, WhatsApp – it is rare we get to see each other face to face. But when we do, it’s like it was just yesterday that we were all gathering together for our Friday Bible study. Continue reading “Like Yesterday”